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The Division of Curriculum Standards
and Student Support science team provides direction and leadership to
Kindergarten (K) through grade 12 science educators in Texas. The science staff
does the following:
- Assists districts statewide with implementation of the
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science
- Facilitates the development and management of
state-funded professional development programs
- Collaborates with the Division of Student Assessment in
the development of state science assessments
- Assists the Division of Instructional Materials in
overseeing the adoption process for
grades K-12 science instructional materials
- Reviews state certifications related to science
- In addition, the science staff coordinates the Texas
Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC), National Youth Science
Camp (NYSC), and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and
Science Teaching (PAEMST).
- Science staff also provides on-going communication with
the field related to science curriculum and graduation requirements found
in Texas Administrative Code (TAC).
The State Board of Education (SBOE)
gave final approval on April 21, 2017 to the streamlined science TEKS for K-8
science and four high school science courses. The streamlined TEKS are now
implemented. The link to the streamlined science TEKS can be found on http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/index.html.
Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The National Science Foundation,
under the direction of the White House, approves the Texas candidates as
finalists for the national Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and
Science Teaching (PAEMST) award. If chosen as a national winner, the state
finalists will receive $10,000 and an all-expense-paid trip for two to
Washington D.C. for ceremonies that include recognition from the President of
the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.paemst.org.
The nomination and application windows are open for teachers who teach Grades 7-12.
Teachers may sign up to apply or be nominated for the award.
In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by May 1, 2019,
will receive 25 CPE hours. For questions, contact your Texas State PAEMST
Coordinators at email@example.com.
Science PAEMST 2016 Winner Announced
Denise Koontz, a teacher in the Keller Independent School District has been
selected as the national winner representing Texas for the Presidential Award
for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in science. PAEMST
is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for
exemplary teaching in the United States.
As the PAEMST science awardee, Koontz will receive a $10,000 award, a
Presidential citation, and a trip to Washington, D.C. for a series of
recognition events, professional development activities and an awards ceremony.
additional information on the announcement of the award, please see the press
release at https://tea.texas.gov/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=51539625955.
PAEMST Finalists for 2018
- Allison Bearden teaches
6th grade science and math at Oakcrest Intermediate School in
- Celene Rosen teaches
3rd grade science and math at Barksdale Elementary School in
- Brenda Williams teaches
5th grade science at Argyle Intermediate School in Argyle ISD
Youth Science Camp 2018 Delegates Selected
outstanding students have been selected to represent Texas as delegates to the
2018 National Youth Science Camp. The National Youth Science Camp, one of the
nation’s premier programs in secondary science education, is an annual summer
forum where two delegates representing each state exchange ideas with leading
scientists and other professionals from academic and corporate worlds.
Delegates who are chosen to represent each state must have demonstrated exceptional
academic achievement, leadership in school and community activities, and a
genuine interest in the sciences. The two Texas students selected are
Angela Casarez is a senior at
Millsap High School in Millsap. She investigated the effects of genetic mutations
on motor behavior in C. elegans to
model human neurological diseases such as ALS, Epilepsy, and Parkinson’s and
pursued individual research on the calcium-binding domain of the protein
produced by the genetic mutation in the C.
elegans strain CB1091.
Christopher Thang is a senior at the Texas Academy of Math and Science in Denton. Christopher performed research investigating the effects of antibodies and peptides on modulating myosin subfragment-2 to influence muscle contraction.
Dong, of Knippa High School, Knippa, Texas, Juan De La Garza of W.B. Ray High
School in Corpus Christi, Texas, Ekatherina Sharposhnikov of Obra. D. Tompkins
High School in Katy, Texas, and Nikhil Kulkarni of W. B. Ray High School in
Corpus Christi, Texas have been named as alternates.
Additional information about the
National Youth Science Camp is available at http://www.nysf.com/w/programs/nysc/.
Statewide professional development
opportunities on science topics are available now at regional education service
centers (ESCs) and through the Texas Gateway.
Contact the science specialist at
your regional ESC for upcoming professional development opportunities.
The resources below address various
topics related to the science standards, awards, and organizations.
Science TEKS, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 112,
Grades K-5 Science TEKS (PDF, 122KB)
6 Science TEKS (PDF, 26.76KB)
Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC)
Texas Gateway (outside source)
Benchmarks for Science Literacy, American Association for
the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (outside
National Academy of Sciences (NAS) (outside source)
Youth Science Camp (outside source)
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and
Science Teaching (PAEMST) (outside
Science for All Americans, American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS) (outside
Professional Organizations (PDF, 18KB)
The following documents are provided
as a reference for science teachers.
Data and Research (PDF, 90KB)
Laboratory and Field Investigations – FAQ, August 2010 (PDF, 203KB)
Chemical Safety 2016 (PDF, 265KB)
Information and Resources (PDF,
Education Agency Safety Laws and Rules
Texas Education Agency Science Facilities Best Practices (PDF, 38MB)
Please note the Facilities Standards
can be found at http://tea.texas.gov/Finance_and_Grants/State_Funding/Facilities_Funding_and_Standards/Facilities_Funding_and_Standards/.
Education Agency Texas Safety Standards